The Gulf of Mexico Foundation coordinated and led the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Priority Issue Team (HCRT) of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) from its inception through 2015,when the State of Louisiana took over coordination responsibilities. During that year, GOMA reorganized and the HCRT became the Habitat Resources Team (HRT). The Foundation continues to be active as a sponsor and member of GOMA and the HRT. The team is composed of state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and vested interests in the Gulf of Mexico.
HRT projects, including sea level rise modeling, analysis of policies impeding restoration, sediment management strategies and valuing ecosystem services of habitats, fell into five action areas under the Governors’ Action Plan II and have had a significant impact upon conservation and restoration in the region.
HCRT’S FIVE ACTION AREAS:
• Expanded Partnerships
• Policy Changes
• Technology Development
• Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan
• Reversing the Downward Trend in Ecosystem Services
The Governors’ Action Plan II came to an end in 2014. During that year, all six teams of GOMA began developing the next action plan which the teams began operating under during 2015. Once the final edition is publicly released, in early 2016, it will be made available here.
The Foundation serves on the HRT Steering Committee and the GOMA Alliance Management Team and remains committed to improving collaboration and stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico through GOMA.
To ensure the sustainability and productivity of the Gulf for generations to come, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, in partnership with the Gulf States, NOAA, and EPA, took the lead in coordinating the activities of the Regional Restoration Coordination Team (later known as the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team; currently the Habitat Resources Team) as recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Governor’s Action Plan.
Under the Governor’s Action Plan II, HRT Projects spanned many different action oriented topics including Expanded Partnerships, Policy Changes, Technology Development, Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan, and Reversing the Downward Trend in Ecosystem Services. Projects under Action Plan III are currently under development.